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Ubuntu Phone OS
« on: January 04, 2013, 11:07:56 pm »
If you have not already seen Ubuntu the popular linux distribution is now releasing a mobile version. You can find information about it here http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/phone . The main idea that revolutionizes this OS over other mobile OSes is that it seeks to allow people to use a phone as a desktop too if you dock it. It is supposed to transfer over to the standard unity desktop if you plug it into a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. Another thing they have that android(the other linux mobile OS) does not is that they allow easy running of native programs instead of trying to hack it in like android makes you do. They have announced that they are trying to get hardware partners, but I do not believe that they have found any yet. I personally would like to see how this works on a modern phone. If there is a port I'll load it onto my MetroPCS Galaxy SIII. I probably will not keep it, but I think it is at least worth trying.
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Re: Ubuntu Phone OS
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2013, 11:12:11 pm »
I saw that once, but they only put Ubuntu on top of an existing Android installation?

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Re: Ubuntu Phone OS
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2013, 11:13:52 pm »
That was the Ubuntu for Android. That was an old idea. They have now created their own total OS. It doesn't run alongside anything.
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Re: Ubuntu Phone OS
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2013, 11:55:15 pm »
Sounds interesting, this may get you away from google tracking on smart phones :P (And IPhones suck)

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Re: Ubuntu Phone OS
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2013, 12:23:05 am »
meh, i'm still rooting for firefox (although i won't be getting a phone ever regardless :P). it's good to see some more competition out there, though, i suppose.

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Re: Ubuntu Phone OS
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2013, 12:38:25 am »
meh, i'm still rooting for firefox (although i won't be getting a phone ever regardless :P). it's good to see some more competition out there, though, i suppose.
Was firefoxOS going to allow native apps?
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Re: Ubuntu Phone OS
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2013, 12:40:49 am »
from what i've heard, it's entirely open source, so yes
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Re: Ubuntu Phone OS
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2013, 10:51:48 am »
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Re: Ubuntu Phone OS
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2013, 01:02:10 pm »
For now I would rather stick with Android and wait if Ubuntu Phone OS gets more popular.
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Re: Re: Re: Ubuntu Phone OS
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2013, 01:10:40 pm »
For now I would rather stick with Android and wait if Ubuntu Phone OS gets more popular.
I'm afraid it will only be popular in the group of developers. Android an iOS are too much expansed to be able to get to their stage, so I guess it will purely be people willing to convert their phone to an Ubuntu phone, and those people are people that e.g. Change ROMs nowadays, and that's not the biggest group ever

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Re: Ubuntu Phone OS
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2013, 01:10:43 pm »
I think you must have a decent enough phone for that, with an HDMI port and stuff.

I think I might try Firefox OS when it'll come out.

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Re: Re: Re: Ubuntu Phone OS
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2013, 12:28:57 pm »
I think you must have a decent enough phone for that, with an HDMI port and stuff.

I think I might try Firefox OS when it'll come out.
yeah if that's the case, I am not willing to pay $800 just for a phone. Also if it doesn't get popular, this means the phone-specific apps selection will be very poor.
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Re: Ubuntu Phone OS
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2013, 01:33:25 pm »
Not another Phone OS...
Firefox OS, Ubuntu Phone OS, KDE Plasma Active..
They all are planned, but nobody will use them if they don't work together

BTW: I hate Ubuntu/Canonical, they want to do everything themselves and don't support other projects/use them
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Re: Ubuntu Phone OS
« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2013, 02:04:21 pm »
I sounds like a pretty cool idea, but i doubt my current phone would run it. :P

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Re: Ubuntu Phone OS
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2013, 09:12:41 pm »
Honestly I was expecting that for a while since I saw the dock and new app switcher system. Seems everyone's making phone OSes now...

Don't know if this'll pick up at all though. The swipe-to-multitask features certainly sound convenient (and a lot like Google Chrome's mobile interface).
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